Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott continues to defend the rights of unborn future Texans to exist in his battle with State Senator Wendy Davis for governor. In the wake of the recent debate in Edinburg, Texas Davis has attempted to make inroads with voters by criticizing Abbott’s Pro-Life position. Abbott is the top law enforcement official in Texas and a native of Wichita Falls, Texas.
Davis skyrocketed to national attention when she launched a lengthy filibuster in the Texas House against a bill which would prohibit abortions after five months or 120 days. Although she was successful in talking long enough to end the special session and prevent passage of the anti-late term abortion bill, Governor Rick Perry called a second special session in which the bill passed. Davis currently serves as State Senator from Fort Worth.
In an earlier speech, Abbott referred to Davis’ opposition to the bill against late term abortions. He said, “The person who led the fight for late term abortion is now running for governor of this great state.”
As Texas Attorney General he also defended the 2011 sonogram law which requires abortion seekers to receive a sonogram and listen to a description of a fetus 24 hours before an abortion. Abbott also supported the bill in Texas Legilsature outlawing late term abortions after 20 weeks which Davis opposed. Davis spoke for eleven straight hours in an attempt to stop passage of the anti-late term abortion bill.
Abbott has said, “For a child to have a better chance of life, he must first have a chance at life.”
Abbott and Davis come from opposite political extremes on the issues of the rights to life of the unborn in Texas. Their words and their actions have made it clear what their moral beliefs are on the issue. Abbott has drawn deeply on his Christian faith in his opposition to late term abortions. While he has been criticized by Davis for this position, he has refused to back down.
Whoever sits in the governor’s mansion for the next four years will have plenty of time to affect the llives of millions of Texans and the futures of countless unborn citizens who may or may not have a future, depending on what bills are passed in Austin. Both candidates for governor have spent many years serving the people of the Lone Star State in public office. Their records are in print and on camera for all to see. Texas voters will have to live with their consciences when they cast ballots in this pivotal election.
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